#AM_Equality Tipsheet: July 9, 2018

by Allison Turner

Shameful - Maine governor vetoes bill protecting LGBTQ youth from so-called “conversion therapy”

SHAMEFUL -- MAINE GOVERNOR VETOES BILL PROTECTING YOUTH FROM SO-CALLED “CONVERSION THERAPY”: “Governor LePage’s shameful decision to veto this life-saving legislation leaves Maine’s LGBTQ youth at risk of being subjected to a practice that amounts to nothing less than child abuse,” said Marty Rouse, HRC National Field Director. “These crucial protections are supported by a bipartisan majority, and have been signed into law in a growing number of other states by both Democratic and Republican governors -- including by the Republican governor in neighboring New Hampshire mere weeks ago. With this inexcusable decision, Governor LePage has become the only governor in the nation to veto legislation protecting young people from this abuse, solidifying his place in history’s hall of shame. HRC calls on the Maine legislature to override this veto and to demonstrate to the state’s LGBTQ youth that their lives and well-being are worth protecting.” More from HRC.

HAPPENING TODAY IN DC -- HRC PRESIDENT CHAD GRIFFIN (@CHADHGRIFFIN) JOINS UnidosUS FORUM ON CIVIL RIGHTS IN THE TRUMP ERA: Griffin joins Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress; and María Teresa Kumar, President and CEO of Voto Latino to discuss strategies to fight the Trump administration’s sweeping assault on immigrants and the rights of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ people. The forum, during UnidosUS’ 2018 Annual Conference, is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  

HRC ENDORSES FORMER CONGRESSMAN STEVEN HORSFORD FOR U.S. CONGRESS FOR NEVADA’S FOURTH DISTRICT: “Steven Horsford is a proven leader who will fight for equality, fairness and Nevada’s families,” said HRC Nevada State Director Briana Escamilla. “Throughout his time in public service, he has worked hard to move equality forward in the Silver State.” During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives, Horsford scored a perfect 100 on HRC’s Congressional Scorecard, which measures members’ of Congress support for LGBTQ equality and policies. More from HRC.

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- ICYMI, WHAT KENNEDY’S RETIREMENT COULD MEAN FOR LGBTQ AMERICANS: Donald Trump has signaled his intention to nominate Supreme Court justices who would undermine significant progress -- from health care to LGBTQ equality to the Constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. As this process moves forward, HRC will work in coalition with civil rights groups across movements to advocate for the appointment of a fair-minded Constitutionalist to the nation’s highest court. More from HRC.

NEW HRC VIDEOS -- FIGHTING FOR THE TRANS COMMUNITY WITH LEGENDARY ACTIVIST MISS MAJOR: “We’ve lived the experience...we know what it takes,” said Sharyn, who, alongside Miss Major, founded of House of GGs, a retreat and educational center for the trans community in Arkansas. Watch their story and others from HRC’s #LoveYourNeighbor series here.

JANET MOCK BECOMES FIRST TRANS WOMAN OF COLOR TO DIRECT TELEVISION SHOW: Last night’s episode of the groundbreaking Ryan Murphy production ‘Pose,’ directed by Mock, took a look at the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and the devastating effects it had on the LGBTQ community -- especially people of color and trans women. More from The A.V. Club.

OPENLY QUEER SINGER-ACTRESS HAYLEY KIYOKO (@HayleyKiyoko) JOINS HRC’S EQUALITY ROCKS CAMPAIGN: Since breaking out -- and coming out -- with her 2015 track “Girls Like Girls,” Kiyoko has released a slew of unapologetically queer pop bops -- including on her new album, Expectations. More from HRC.

PANIC! AT THE DISCO’S BRENDON URIE (@brendonurie) COMES OUT AS PANSEXUAL IN INTERVIEW WITH PAPER MAGAZINE: “I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care. If a person is great, then a person is great,” said Urie. More from Paper Magazine.

FOR THIRD YEAR, BYU LGBTQ STUDENT ORG DENIED RECOGNITION: The group has an estimated 100 members and meets off campus. More from The Associated Press.


DUBLIN BUS AD SHOWS PROUD DADS PICKING UP CHILDREN FOR PRIDE: It features several fathers greeting their children before riding together to Dublin Pride. Watch this tear-jerking video from i News.

READING RAINBOW - Bookmark now to read on your lunch break!

Sky Sports examines how professional sports leagues celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month; The New York Times profiles openly trans singer-songwriter Teddy Geiger (@Teddygeiger)

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